Brad Gushue

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Brad Gushue
Curler
Born (1980-06-16) June 16, 1980 (age 34)
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Team
Curling club Bally Haly G&CC,
St. John's, NL
Skip Brad Gushue
Third Mark Nichols
Second Brett Gallant
Lead Geoff Walker
Career
Brier appearances 11 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Top CCA ranking 4th (2008–09)
Grand Slam victories 3: The National (2010), Masters (2014), Canadian Open (2014)

Bradley Raymond "Brad" Gushue, ONL (born June 16, 1980) is a Canadian curler from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Gushue, along with teammates Russ Howard, Mark Nichols, Jamie Korab and Mike Adam, represented Canada in curling at the 2006 Winter Olympics, where they won the gold medal by defeating Finland 10–4, including a dramatic 6-point sixth end in the final match (even though he missed a draw for 7-points), which was conceded after the 8-end minimum stipulated under Olympic rules.

Career[edit]

Gushue is a six-time (1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001) provincial junior curling champion in his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the last five as skip. In 2001, he not only won the provincial championship, but the national championship and world junior championships as well. Gushue was also the alternate for John Morris at the 1998 World Junior Championships which Morris won.

After his outstanding career as a junior, Gushue made an impressive transition into men's curling and his team quickly became a competitive force. Gushue qualified for the 2003 Nokia Brier where he finished with a 6–5 record. By the 2004 Nokia Brier, Gushue proved not only was he one of the best curlers in Newfoundland, but one of the best in Canada, when his team finished with an 8–4 record. The following year, Gushue qualified for the 2005 Tim Hortons Brier where his team once again finished 6–5.

In May 2005, Gushue brought in former world champion Russ Howard as fifth man on the team, in order to bring experience and advice for the Canadian Olympic trials. Shortly afterwards, second Mike Adam volunteered to step aside for Howard, as the team felt that Howard's skills and experience gave them the best chance to make it to the Olympics. Howard, playing as second, was given the right to call the team's shots as a skip would, but would defer to Gushue for the final word on calls. (Under international rules, Howard was nominally the skip, holding the broom in the house and sweeping opponents stones behind the tee line.) The personnel change was a success, as Gushue defeated Jeff Stoughton's team in the Olympic trials final on December 11, 2005, qualifying him to represent Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. At the Olympics, he defeated Finland's Markku Uusipaavalniemi in the finals to win the Gold medal.

With his teammates, Gushue became the first Newfoundlander ever to win an Olympic gold medal. Prior to the gold medal match, a provincial order allowed for the closure of all schools at noon on that day, one hour before local coverage of the event began. [1] [2]

In 2007, Gushue replaced Mike Adam with Chris Schille as second. A month following their runner-up finish at the 2007 Tim Hortons Brier in Hamilton, Gushue announced that Jamie Korab, longtime teammate, was also cut from the team. Despite a strong Brier appearance and season, Gushue said that the team seemed to lack a needed chemistry and that Korab's departure was a group decision.[1] In 2008, David Noftall assumed the lead position but this did not prove to be a winning combination.

In April 2008, Gushue replaced his front-end for the sixth straight year: Jamie Korab rejoined the team as lead and Ryan Fry joined the team at second.[2] Gushue failed to make it out of the 2009 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials pre-qualifying tournament, where they won just one game.

In April 2010, Randy Ferbey joined Brad Gushue's team holding the broom but throwing third rocks. Brad continued to throw last rocks.[3] Mark Nichols moved from third to second position and Ryan Fry played lead. Jamie Korab decided to take a year or two off. In their first event as a team, the rink lost to Thomas Lips in the final of the 2010 Baden Masters.

On February 9, 2011, Randy Ferbey announced that he was no longer curling with the Gushue team. He stated "I was done curling with them in Oshawa (The BDO Canadian Open Grand Slam Event).[4]

For the 2011–12 season, Gushue put together a team of Ryan Fry, Geoff Walker of Alberta, and Adam Casey of PEI.

Gushue played in the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials – Road to the Roar, and just missed out on advancing to the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, losing to the eventual Olympic gold medalist Brad Jacobs rink in the final qualifying game.

Brier appearances[edit]

Gushue has played in eleven Briers, all for his native Newfoundland and Labrador. He made his first showing at the Brier (Canadian Men's National Championship) in 2003, and has continued to represent Newfoundland and Laborador each year since, except in 2006 when he was unable to participate due to being at the Olympics in Italy. In 2004, Brad Gushue was named the All Star skip at the Nokia Brier. His best record ever was at the 2007 Brier in Ontario, where he finished 8–3 and earned himself a spot in the "One vs. Two" playoff game, where he beat Ontario's Glenn Howard. His team advanced to the finals, where they would have a rematch with Howard, and this time would lose. At the 2008 Brier, Gushue's team failed to make the playoffs, losing a tie-breaker to British Columbia's Bob Ursel.[5] During the 2011 Tim Horton's Brier event in London, The Gushue Rink won the first ever Brier Bronze Medal game, Defeating Kevin Martin (Alberta) 10-5. Gushue missed the playoffs at the 2012 Tim Hortons Brier, posting a 5-6 record. At the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier, his rink made the playoffs again after an 8-3 round robin record. However, the team would lose in the 3 vs. 4 page playoff game against Northern Ontario, and then they would fall again in the bronze medal game to Ontario, settling for 4th. At the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier, Gushue missed the playoffs, posting a 6-5 record.

Personal life[edit]

Brad Gushue is currently a business owner in St. John's, NL. Gushue married Krista Tibbo on September 8, 2006. [3] The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Hayley Sophia, on October 14, 2007.

In 2006, Gushue co-authored a book with Alex J. Walling titled Golden Gushue: a Curling Story, which offers a behind the scenes look at the rise of his team to Olympic gold [6]

Grand Slam record[edit]

Brad Gushue and his team have reached the championship match of a Grand Slam event seven times. The first was in 2005 when he finished second, after losing to Kevin Martin in the final game of Players' Championship. In 2010, he again made it to the finals at The National, facing Randy Ferbey. Gushue won the game, earning his first Grand Slam title of his career. [7] Gushue won the Masters of Curling in 2014.

Key
C Champion
F Lost in Final
SF Lost in Semifinal
QF Lost in Quarterfinals
R16 Lost in the round of 16
Q Did not advance to playoffs
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Masters Q DNP DNP DNP DNP Q Q SF SF QF QF Q DNP C
The National DNP DNP DNP Q QF QF Q F C Q SF QF F Q
Canadian Open DNP DNP DNP Q Q Q Q QF Q Q Q QF F C
Elite 10 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Players' DNP Q Q F Q Q Q QF F DNP Q QF SF

Teams[edit]

Season Skip Third Second Lead
2002-03 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Jamie Korab Mark Ward
2003-04 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Jamie Korab Mark Ward
2004-05 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Keith Ryan Jamie Korab
2005-06 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Mike Adam
Russ Howard (skip)
Jamie Korab
2006-07 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Chris Schille Jamie Korab
2007-08 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Chris Schille David Noftall
2008-09 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Ryan Fry Jamie Korab
2009-10 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Ryan Fry Jamie Korab
2010-11* Brad Gushue Randy Ferbey (skip) Mark Nichols Ryan Fry
2011* Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Ryan Fry Jamie Danbrook
2011-12 Brad Gushue Ryan Fry Geoff Walker Adam Casey
2012-13 Brad Gushue Brett Gallant Adam Casey Geoff Walker
2013-14 Brad Gushue Brett Gallant Adam Casey Geoff Walker
2014–15 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Brett Gallant Geoff Walker

*Ferbey left team mid season

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